What's the Special Education Bus Schedule? (Ep 155)

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What's the Special Education Bus Schedule at your school? Do Special Education busses get loaded at a different time than other busses? How do you feel about it? It's a hot topic right now that we need to talk about, so lean in and listen to this episode of the Special Education Inner Circle Podcast!

Recently, I posted a picture to Instagram of the Special Education busses at school while I was waiting in the carpool line. The Special Education students were released earlier than their general education peers to board their bus. The picture started a heated conversation over social media, and we need to talk about it. 

Listen, I know there's an entirely other conversation about bussing to other districts or schools to receive services, but that's not what we're talking about today. This is just a conversation that I want Special Education parents to be aware of so they know what kind of questions to ask. A lot of parents don't think to ask about dismissal times or they didn't realize that these early dismissals can sometimes result in a significant amount of instructional time lost. 

If you don't know what your Special Education student's arrival/dismissal schedule looks like compared to that of their general education peers, please ask. 

This doesn't have to be a fight, but you shouldn't be in the dark either. 

Missing 10 minutes at the end of the day doesn't seem like a big deal, but that time adds up by the end of the school year. Plus, 10 minutes can quickly turn into 15... 20... We have to pay attention to these details and questions that truly impact the lives of our students day in and day out. 

Here's the best news: I've got 12 HARD IEP Questions that you can grab FOR FREE that will help you figure out what you need to ask before your next IEP meeting! Grab those questions (and some more awesome recourses) here!

In response to this picture, a parent told me that she now drives her student to school because her child was missing the Morning Meeting and End of the Day Wrap-Up every day! That's an important part of the day for students to feel like part of their class and community. Throughout our conversation, I discovered that she didn't know that she could ask to be reimbursed for providing her own transportation for the child when transportation isn't being provided appropriately for the child to access school. Now, it's a whole written process to get to that step, and reimbursement isn't guaranteed, but there is that option and I'd love to teach you how. 

Staff shortages have hit bus drivers, too, but that shouldn't affect your child's ability to arrive to and from school in a timely manner. 

We have to remain transparent and honest about these situations and be attentive in asking the questions that really impact our students' school days. Make sure to grab the IEP Checklist with my 12 questions about transportation and more. It's great for parents, teachers, admin, and therapists to use BEFORE the next IEP meeting to make sure there are no surprises at the table. 

Here's a glance at the episode... 

[2:15] "If you don't know what your Special Education student's arrival/dismissal schedule looks like compared to that of their general education peers, please ask. 

[4:25] "Throughout our conversation, I discovered that she didn't know that she could ask to be reimbursed for providing her own transportation for the child when transportation isn't being provided appropriately for the child to access school."

 

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